There was no destruction of innocent musical instruments like in 2007, but Win Butler put in his share of rock star posturing. Last night, during Arcade Fire‘s second appearance on Saturday Night Live, and specifically for “We Used to Wait”, Butler cozied his 6’4″ frame up to the camera a couple times, attempted to incite a clap-along, and took to the crowd at one point, which was captured awkwardly by the normally fixed SNL cameras.
And the band also had some company. As you watch the clip of “Sprawl II” below, amongst the sea of unique haircuts you will notice some trademarked New York hair in the back — yep, Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs joined Arcade Fire to play some synth. Not only that, but occasional accompanying violinist Owen Pallett was handy for both performances, although he hardly seemed necessary for these particular songs.
Cool anyway. But the best part of SNL last night, besides ScarJo looking fantastic as usual? How about half of Arcade Fire disrobing during a new digital short starring Andy Samberg? In the sketch, Samberg addresses the U.N. General Assembly with a song lamenting the most tragic events in world history. One of the most chuckle-worthy moments featured an on-screen headline reading “Arcade Fire hates evil.”
We’ve got all these clips for you below via the always trusty Audio Perv. By the way, head over to BrooklynVegan for a collection of humorous tweets by various Twitter’ers commenting on the performance, as well as some photos and tweets by ?uestlove, who popped in to watch, and reported Arcade Fire continued to play after the credits rolled.
“We Used to Wait”